Hello all, How does an internship compare to research experience for grad school? I ask this because I am trying to finalize my private loan plan. If I do an internship for next summer, I will probably end up having to figure in the summer's rent and utilities into my loan for the place I am at now, due to I wont probably be able to pay 2 rents at once. On the other hand, if I stay and work on research, I probably wont have to figure in that rent. I think it would be interesting to do an internship, however I'm not sure of what significance it plays in grad school admittance. Also slightly related question: How much do you guys usually spend a month of food and toiletries? I am trying to get a rough estimate of how much I will need to work over the school year to support myself. It looks like the majority of my summer earnings will be going into buying furniture for the new appartment.